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Our International Secretariat, based in central London, is staffed by a diverse and dedicated group that administer PEN International’s campaigns, programmes, events, communications and general affairs. The International Secretariat supports PEN Centres worldwide, helping them to be active and vibrant hubs for reading and writing in their countries, and helping them to connect to one another. We work closely with the Board and Centres.
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Carles Torner

Executive Director

Carles Torner

Executive Director

Carles Torner is a Catalan writer. He has been active in PEN International’s work for over twenty years; in that time he has served as a member of the board, chair of the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee. He has also participated in several missions for imprisoned writers. He has published essays and poems about PEN’s defense of freedom of expression across the world.

Before joining PEN as Executive Director, he was director of  the Literature and Humanities Department at the Ramon Llull Institute, where he was in charge of the presence of Catalan literature as guest of honour at the Frankfurt book fair and the Guadalajara International book fair. He holds a PhD from the university of Paris VIII and was a lecturer in Communication and International Relations at Blanquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull, in Barcelona.
carles.torner [at] pen-international.org

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Anne Muthee

Finance and Administration Director

Anne Muthee

Finance and Administration Director

Anne joined PEN International in April 2015 as the Finance and Administration Director. She manages the Finance, Human Resources and the IT functions of the organisation. Anne has over twenty years’ experience in Finance and Financial Management having worked in a number of charities, the most recent one being the Equal Rights Trust. Anne is also a treasurer of ‘Hekima’, a women’s group set up by Kenyan women in the UK to support children homes in Kenya.

Anne.muthee [at] pen-international.org

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Romana Cacchioli

Director of International Programmes

Romana Cacchioli

Director of International Programmes

Romana joined PEN International in March 2014 as Director of International Programmes. She manages the organisation’s work in delivering access to education, and human rights education, literary and civil society programmes across the world.

Romana has twenty years’ experience working in human rights, most recently with Anti-Slavery International where she led their Programmes and Advocacy team in advocating for reform in law and policy and seeking redress through national courts for those affected by slavery.  She led the development of local and grass roots organisations and movements to understand and claim their rights, including on access to quality education, and income generation activities for communities affected by slavery.

romana.cacchioli [at] pen-international.org

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Ebony Riddell Bamber

Director of Advocacy & Communications

Ebony Riddell Bamber

Director of Advocacy & Communications

Ebony joined PEN International from the Equality & Diversity Forum, a UK network of human rights and equality charities, where she was Director of Research & Impact. She has a strong and varied track record in international advocacy, public engagement and campaigns, working for organizations such as Health Poverty Action, Save the Children and Amnesty International.

Ebony.riddell-bamber [at] pen-international.org

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Sandrine Fameni

Finance & Administration Officer

Sandrine Fameni

Finance & Administration Officer

Sandrine joined PEN in August 2010 as a part time Finance and Administration Officer. Sandrine is part of the finance tea, which  manages the Finance, Human Resources and the IT functions of the organisation. She has a Degree in Accountancy and also studied ACCA.  Sandrine is a fluent French speaker.

Sandrine.fameni [at] pen-international.org

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Salwa Mohamed

Finance and Administration Officer

Salwa Mohamed

Finance and Administration Officer

Salwa joined PEN International in December 2015 as the Finance and Administration Officer. Salwa is part of the team that’s responsible for the Finance, Human Resources and the IT functions of the organisation. Salwa also currently works as a part time tutor for ACCA Foundation level and AAT in a college.

salwa.mohamed [at] pen-international.org

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Sahar Halaimzai

Communications & Campaigns Manager

Sahar Halaimzai

Communications & Campaigns Manager

Sahar is responsible for running Communications and Campaigns activity across PEN International’s work globally. She co-ordinates PEN's campaigning activity and media engagement with PEN’s literary and programmes output and works closely with members and Centers to ensure that its key campaigns are communicated to a broad international audience as well as decision makers.

sahar.halaimzai [at] pen-international.org

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Sarah Clarke

International Policy and Advocacy Manager

Sarah Clarke

International Policy and Advocacy Manager

Sarah leads PEN’s advocacy work on freedom of expression with the UN, regional human rights bodies and national governments. She leads on policy development across the organisation and frequently speaks about these issues at international conferences and to the media. A graduate of Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin, Sarah has previously worked in human rights research, policy, and advocacy with a number of UN agencies, NGOs and academic centres.

sarah.clarke [at] pen-international.org

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Cathy McCann

Writers at Risk Protection Manager

Cathy McCann

Writers at Risk Protection Manager

Cathy joined PEN in 1996, working as Asia/MENA Researcher for the Writers in Prison Committee for nearly 20 years until the creation of a Protection team in 2015, which she now manages. Before joining PEN she spent two years working in southern China with the development organisation VSO, and studied at SOAS and York University.

Cathy.McCann [at] pen-international.org

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Patricia Diaz

Writers at Risk Protection Officer

Patricia Diaz

Writers at Risk Protection Officer

Patricia joined PEN International in 2007, as Research & Campaigns Assistant for Asia, MENA and Europe, for the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC)  She has also assisted PEN’s work around the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in the UN, led by the WiPC’s Programme Director. She currently works providing support to persecuted writers and assisting in the development of advocacy strategies to support and protect writers at risk. Prior to joining PEN, she gained experience working for five years for the Bolivian Human Rights Ombudsman, and worked for NGOs in Bolivia, her country of origin, and in the UK. She holds an LLM degree in human rights achieved after obtaining a Chevening Scholarship.

patricia.diaz [at] pen-international.org

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Basim Mardan

Writers at Risk Protection Officer

Basim Mardan

Writers at Risk Protection Officer

Basim joined PEN International in July 2016 as Writers at Risk Protection Officer (Arabic Speaking). Basim is a former ICORN guest writer in Skien/Norway (2006-2008). Basim holds a bachelor degree in Arabic into English, English into Arabic Translation and Linguistics. In Iraq, he worked as an interpreter for the joint civil authority in Mosul, he published a book of poetry and wrote several articles for local newspapers, along with his involvement with civil society NGOs as a translator/editor and consultant.

During his stay in Norway (2006-2016) Basim Mardan published his poems and short stories in English and Norwegian alongside his constant participation in literary events and festivals. He has also cooperated as a translator with several ICORN guest writers and worked as a freelance translator/consultant for ICORN since 2009.

basim.mardan [at] pen-international.org

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Aurelia Dondo

Europe Programme Coordinator

Aurelia Dondo

Europe Programme Coordinator

Aurelia joined PEN International in December 2016 and is responsible for coordinating the work of the Europe programme. Prior to joining PEN, she worked with Amnesty International in London, most recently as campaigner in the Middle East and North Africa programme, where she coordinated numerous campaigns on behalf of journalists, artists and bloggers prosecuted for peacefully expressing their views. She holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in European Studies.

Aurelia.dondo [at] pen-international.org

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Nael Georges

Middle East & North Africa Programme Coordinator

Nael Georges

Middle East & North Africa Programme Coordinator

Nael Georges is responsible for coordinating the work of the Middle East and North Africa programmes. After gaining his law degree from the University of Damascus and his Master’s degree in International and European Law from the University of Grenoble II, he obtained his doctorate in international human rights law. He has provided consultancies to many international and regional organisations, and has published work on issues related to human rights in the Middle-East. He speaks English, Arabic and French.

Nael.Geroges [at] pen-international.org

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Emma Wadsworth-Jones

Asia and Americas Programme Coordinator

Emma Wadsworth-Jones

Asia and Americas Programme Coordinator

Emma joined the team in October 2012 after completing a Masters in Comparative Politics (Latin America) at the LSE. Having worked for three years as a WiPC Research & Campaigns Assistant, covering Africa, Americas, Asia and MENA, she is now responsible for coordinating the Asia and the Americas programmes.

Emma.Wadsworth-Jones [at] pen-international.org

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Holly Strauss

Learning and Accountability Coordinator

Holly Strauss

Learning and Accountability Coordinator

Holly oversees PEN International’s monitoring, learning and impact assessment tools and systems. She works across the organisation to foster learning and build systems that tell the story of PEN’s impact at local, regional and international level. Holly joined PEN in 2013, previously as Communications and Fundraising Officer.

Holly.strauss [at] pen-international.org

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Maura Sanchez

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Michael Halmshaw

Digital Manager

Michael Halmshaw

Digital Manager

Mike joined PEN International in March 2018 from Penguin Random House, where he worked for over four years. He is responsible for all things digital at PEN International.

mike.halmshaw [at] pen-international.org

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Ginevra Avalle

PEN Centenary Archivist

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Olha Mukha

Congress Coordinator

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Ingrid Brandvik

Freedom to Write Intern

Ingrid Brandvik

Freedom to Write Intern

In August, Ingrid joined PEN International as an intern with the Freedom to Write team. She is currently studying for a Master's degree in Globalisation, Transnationalism and Culture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Ingrid provides protection team assessment support, work on PEN's key campaigns, and generates content for the organisation's social media and website.

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Cathal Sheerin

Africa Programme Coordinator

Cathal Sheerin

Africa Programme Coordinator

Cathal re-joined PEN International as the Africa Programme Coordinator in September 2018. Previously, he was the Researcher and Campaigner for Europe (2013-2015) and the Researcher and Campaigner for the Americas and Africa (2011-2012). Cathal has several years' experience working in journalism, free expression and human rights. He has postgraduate qualifications in journalism and literature.